Books & Ephemera

Gibbon 2With a background in literary societies and associations – along with having attended the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, I provide authoritative appraisals on your rare and antiquarian book library or collection – or even just provide guidance about newer or inherited books and collections.

What is included with my appraisal?
A complete appraisal will include an on-site examination, then assessment, inventory, photography, market research and valuation of the property, as well as production of a written USPAP-compliant appraisal report.
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How do I prepare for an appraisal?
Organization is key to saving money. Prior to making any commitment, I will advise you of steps that will expedite the process.

Do you provide appraisal services for a single item?
Yes, I can help you with a single item or entire estate, business or collection. While no project is too big or too small, if the item(s) you’d like appraised do not warrant the work or expense, I will let you know up front.

How do you charge to appraise my items?
Fees for appraisal services are charged by the hour for small projects or by a negotiated project fee for larger collections, archives or estates. The fee includes on-site inspection, assessment, research time and final appraisal report. Preliminary proposals are available.

Verbal appraisals and consultations are also available for those seeking only guidance or basic information about their collection. Call me at (816) 289-5400 or email me for more information and let’s get started!

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